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Opencut Mining Application for Frenchtown Gravel Pit Open for Public Comment

Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Categories: Department of Environmental Quality/Tags:

HELENA – The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on an Opencut mining permit application for a 53.1-acre site known as North Pit located approximately 3 miles southeast of Frenchtown in Missoula County.  The Permit application has been submitted by Farwest Rock Products.


DEQ will hold a public meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Frenchtown Fire Hall located at 16875 Marion Street, Frenchtown.  DEQ specialists will provide information during the open house portion of the meeting (6:00 – 6:30 pm).  During the question and answer portion (6:30 – 7:30 pm) DEQ will provide a short presentation after which citizens will be able to ask questions to our panel of participants. And lastly, during the public comment portion (7:30 – 8:30 pm) citizens will have the opportunity to provide oral comments about the proposed application.  Written comments will also be accepted.


The permit application can be viewed at by entering “2968” in the “Opencut #” box and clicking the “Submit” button.


DEQ must assess the application under a tight schedule and is seeking relevant information from citizens with knowledge of local conditions.  If comments received reveal substantial issues not adequately satisfied in the proposed Plan of Operation, DEQ can conduct an extended review of the application.


DEQ must make this determination by November 15, 2017.  Therefore, it is recommended that citizens submit comments before November 8, 2017.  Written comments can also be submitted at the meeting, or by email using the “Public Comment for Farwest Rock Products – North Pit – Opencut #2968” link under “Opencut News” at, or by U.S. Mail addressed to the DEQ Opencut Mining Section, PO Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901.


The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities who wish to participate in the meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Jennifer Skartveit at 406-444-4936 or by email at:


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